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Hugh Harman was an American animator known for creating the Warner Bros. Cartoons and MGM Cartoons[1] and his collaboration with Rudolf Ising during the golden age of American animation.

Hugh Harman
Born(1903-08-31)August 31, 1903
DiedNovember 25, 1982(1982-11-25) (aged 79)
Years active1920s-1982
FamilyFred Harman (brother)
Walker Harman (brother)

MGM CartoonsEdit

In 1939, Harman created his masterpiece, Peace on Earth, a downbeat morality tale about two squirrels discovering the evils of humanity, which was nominated for an Oscar. The following year, Ising produced William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's first cartoon, Puss Gets the Boot, a cartoon featuring characters later known as Tom and Jerry. In 1941, Harman left MGM and formed a new studio with Disney veteran Mel Shaw. The two took over Ub Iwerks' old studio in Beverly Hills, California, where they created training films for the Army.


  1. ^ Barrier, Michael. "Hugh Harman, An Interview". Retrieved 13 June 2019. The Warner Bros. and MGM studios owed their existence to Harman and Ising.

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